Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy Birthdays to Mandy and D.K.!!! Helping Whales But Overlooking People?

Well, first of all, happy Friday to everyone!
In particular, though, I'd like to wish Mandy a happy birthday on Saturday and D.K. a happy birthday on Sunday!! Mandy has headed up to Boston to hang out with her friends Camille and Adam for the weekend (just in time for the Northeast to get hammered by winter storms). Not exactly sure what D.K. is up to for her birthday, but I'm trying to find out. Anyway, they're both really good friends of mine, and I hope that each of them has a really nice birthday!!

There's been a lot of controversy and hubbub surrounding the death of a trainer who was killed by a killer whale at a SeaWorld in Orlando this week. Apparently the trainer was working with the large, adult male, and was pulled into hsi tank and held underwater by the large animal. Now, I'm really not at all a fan of the idea of taking killer whales and putting them in small, concrete tanks to live out their days (in the wild, killer whales swim up to 100 miles a day, live in social groups that may contain up to 50 animals, and display incredibly complex hunting and problem solving behavior), but at the same time I'm sort of grossed out by the fact that PETA and other animal rights groups have seized upon this woman's tragic death as the perfect opportunity to make their case to the media about the ethical problems with keeping whales in captivity. Couldn't they have waited at least a few weeks before launching into their anti-SeaWorld, "they brought this on themselves" rants? Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who was killed, seems to have clearly been a woman who loved these animals and in all likelihood only wanted the best for them. Even if she was a bit misguided (which is still up for debate- there's an argument that humans learn a lot about whale behavior by interacting with the whales on this level, and that the whales receive sufficient mental and emotional stimulation by way of their interaction with trainers and the other whales that they live with), I just don't see why these animal rights groups couldn't have waited a short while before mounting their protests. It's not as though anyone would have fogotten about this incident if they had waited for a couple of weeks. If these groups want to promote a course of action that protects the safety, health, and dignity of animals, they might want to think about showing some regard for human dignity and well being first. What's happening right now feels like a political rally at an accident scene.
Maybe I just find it frustrating because I think I agree with these people about the captivity of these whales, but I find their manner of going about their business to be very counterproductive. I just don't see how there's going to be much consideration for animals if there's not consideration for people, too.

Well, that's about it for me today. Not really feeling it.

Happy birthday, D.K. and Mandy!!! You guys rock!!


Grant-Grey Guda said...

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J.S. said...

It's an interesting blog! I don't know a whole lot about poetry, though...